Reading Images Series: Democracy
Where: Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare St.
212-431-5795 Price: Free
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Participants: Max Cohen de Lara, James Graham, David Mulder van der Vegt, Mark Rakatansky, and Malkit Shoshan
The relationship between politics and architecture is a complex one. The agency of architecture is often grounded in the symbolic and performative qualities of form, and its political power lies in the way these qualities produce and reproduce specific values, meanings, and uses.
In the spaces that house parliament, politics takes shape. Within the architectures of these structures, officials congregate, collective decisions are formed, and relationships between political actors emerge.
How do the spaces, settings, and structures designed for political assembly impact decision-making practices? How do they characterize the nuances in our political systems?
Reading Images Series: Democracy invites us to explore the plenary halls of the parliaments of the 193 United Nations member states on the occasion of the launch of the book Parliament by XML.
Participants will trace differences and similarities between cultures of assembly, and will make visible the symbolic and performative underpinnings of their architectures. In exploring these deliberative spaces, they will question the role architecture can play in rethinking our models of collectivity, and in provoking the politics of our time.